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Crap From The Past - February 1, 2008: CFTP turns 16! And is allowed to drive!

Published February 1, 2008

A pop music radio show for people who already know plenty about pop music, hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber and heard every Friday night from 10:30 to midnight on KFAI-FM, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul, and


Here is a listing of all shows saved to date and a listing of all the playlists to date.

(Audio geek aside: From now on, I won't be providing recordings directly off the board, as I'd been doing since KFAI's transmitter move last July. Instead, you'll get the recordings directly off my FM receiver, like the ones this week. There's a little static, but it's worth it just to hear the show as KFAI intended it - with the proper processing and compression. There's a simple analogy in the music world: '80s and '90s era remixes of older hits. I can think of a few examples off the top of my head - the new mixes of "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Born To Be Wild" from Steve Hoffman's "Vintage Music" CDs, and the now-hard-to-find Elton John remixes that came out in 1983 as the CD "The Superior Sound Of Elton John (1970-1975)". Like my attempt at recording CFTP directly off the mixing board, these new mixes have lots of dynamic range and clarity, but the new mixes just sit there, rather than jump out of your speakers like the original mixes did. It's the magic sound of the original mix that made the song a hit to begin with, and to me, that's far preferable than trying to recreate the magic later on under a different set of circumstances. So, long story short, I think one of the reasons CFTP sounds so good is the compression on the vocals and the overall processing in the audio chain. Strip that out, as I did by recording off the board, and it loses the magic. I'll still record off the board for my own collection, but I'll only post it here if something bad happens to the recording off my FM receiver. Thanks for sitting through my long-winded explanation. It feels good to geek out every once in a while. -Ron G)

DRIVIN' MY LIFE AWAY - Eddie Rabbitt (1980)
START THE CAR - Jude Cole (1990)
WARM LEATHERETTE - The Normal (1978)
LITTLE RED CORVETTE - Rebecca De Mornay (1985)
LITTLE RED CORVETTE - Videogame Group (1983)
excerpt from YOU'RE STILL NOT SAFE IN A JAPANESE CAR - Jumpin' John Goldsmith (Thanks to A-Log)
JOYRIDE - Roxette (1991)
DRIVER'S SEAT (12") - Sniff N The Tears (1980)
BEEP BEEP - Playmates (1958)
TEEN ANGEL - Wednesday (1974)
TELL LAURA I LOVE HER - Ray Peterson (1960)
DEAD MAN'S CURVE - Jan And Dean (1964)
LAST KISS - J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (1964)
LAST KISS - Wednesday (1974)
LAST KISS - Pearl Jam (1999)
THE KEY TO HER FERRARI - Thomas Dolby (1988)
CRASH - Primitives (1988)
MY HOOPTIE - Sir Mix-A-Lot (1989)
TRANSFUSION - Nervous Norvus (1956)
TRANSFUSION - Scat Man Crothers with Lew Raymond Trio
FAST FOOD - Stevens And Grdnic
I CAN'T DRIVE 55 - Sammy Hagar (1984)


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